Hitchcock Blonde Postpones Broadway Debut to Fall 2005

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The upcoming New York staging of Terry Johnson's London hit, Hitchcock Blonde, has postponed its Broadway debut to the fall of 2005, according to a production spokesperson.

The play, which enjoyed a run at London's Royal Court Theatre in April 2003 before transferring to the West End's Lyric Theatre, was originally slated to reach Broadway this season.

Tony Award winner Jane Krakowski (Nine), screen star Christina Ricci ("Sleepy Hollow") and original London star William Hootkins were slated to star in the stateside staging, according to a casting notice. No official word on casting has yet been confirmed.

Stanley Tulchin, Norman Tulchin and Sonia Freidman join the Royal Court Theatre in producing the work for Broadway. Terry Johnson (The Graduate) wrote and directed Hitchcock Blonde in London.

The play interweaves three stories (set in 1919, 1959 and 1999) that all involve the legendary filmmaker who had an affinity for blondes. The 1999 plotline follows a lecturer and his student uncovering lost Hitchcock footage from an unknown 1919 film in a Greek villa, while the 1959 story finds Hitchcock himself as a character, working with Janet Leigh's body double on the movie "Psycho."

Olivier Award-winning set designer William Dudley (The Woman in White) is also on board, according to earlier reports. Tony winner Krakowski (set to be the titular Blonde) earned her Tony Award for her turn in the Tony-winning revival of Nine. The actress, known for her TV work on "Ally McBeal," was also previously nominated for Grand Hotel. She was recently seen in the Alan Menken-Lynn Ahrens NBC television musical "A Christmas Carol" as the Ghost of Christmas Past.

Ricci (to play student Nicola) would make her official stage debut with Hitchcock Blonde, though the actress has appeared in The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway. She is known for her turns in such films as "The Addams Family," "Mermaids," "The Ice Storm," "The Opposite of Sex" and "Sleepy Hollow." She also appeared in the HBO screen adaptation of The Laramie Project.

Hootkins starred as Alfred Hitchcock in the London stagings of Blonde opposite Bond girl Rosamund Pike ("Die Another Day") in the role of The Blonde. David Haig, Fiona Glascott and Owen McDonnell also starred. Johnson directed his own work with designs by Dudley (also video projections), lighting by Simon Corder and sound by Ian Dickinson.

Johnson was the stage adapter/director of The Graduate. He has written and directed the plays Dead Funny and Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick. Other plays include Hysteria, Imagine Drowning, Cries from the Mammal House, Unsuitable for Adults and Insignificance. His West End directing credits include The Memory of Water, Elton John's Glasses, Entertaining Mr. Sloane and the world premiere of Philip Ridley's Sparkleshark.

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